The Program for Archbishop Elpidophoros’ Enthronement on June 22

Newly-elected Archbishop of America, Elpidophoros. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will be enthroned as the seventh Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Saturday June 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan (337 East 74th Street, NYC).

Archbishop Elpidophoros was elected unanimously by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, on May 11, 2019.

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has appointed as His Personal Representative for the Enthronement, Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany, who will enthrone the new Archbishop of America.

The Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros has attracted worldwide interest and it will be attended by many dignitaries from the political, diplomatic, academic and the business world, as well as religious leaders, community and organization representatives, and clergy and laity from around the country and around the world. The Service will be broadcast live and made available through satellite and the internet at

The Enthronement ceremony will be followed by an Enthronement Luncheon at 1:30 p.m. at the New York Hilton Hotel (1335 Avenue of the Americas, NYC).

Archbishop Elpidophoros to be Enthroned June 22 in New York

Posted by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Archbishop Elpidophoros will arrive at JFK airport, in the evening of Wed., June 19. The next morning, Thurs., June 20, 2019 he will arrive at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and will be welcomed by the staff of the Archdiocese. His Eminence will then offer a Doxology service at the Archdiocese Chapel of Saint Paul, followed by a meeting with the Hierarchs, members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of America and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese. The same evening, he will attend a reception and dinner with the Priests and Presvyteres of the Direct Archdiocesan District, the Hierarchs of the Archdiocese and the Patriarchal representatives.

On Friday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m., Archbishop Elpidophoros will hold a Press Conference at the Headquarters of the Archdiocese. Afterwards he will attend a welcome lunch in his honor with New York City Religious Leaders, hosted by Rabbi Arthur Schneier.

On Sunday, June 23, the day after the Enthronement, His Eminence will preside for the first time as Archbishop at the Hierarchal concelebration of the Divine Liturgy with all the Metropolitans, members of the Holy Eparchial Synod. The Orthros Service at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, will begin 8:30 a.m. and the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m., followed by an Agape reception at the adjacent Cathedral Center.

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Source: GOARCH


  1. From Halki to Bursa to Ukraine…to…oh no please don’t do this to America

    Here’s the latest on Elpidophoros’ renovation of the Ukrainian schismatics project.

    BBC News Ukraine reported that Schismatic “Metropolitan” Philaret has announced that a Local Council of the KP will be held, on June 20, 2019 reports BBC News Ukraine.

    Philaret intends to fully restore the so-called Kyiv Patriarchate (KP) he had nominally agreed to liquidate on December 15 before the start of the “unification council” that created the OCU out of the KP and the “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox ChurchUAOC is STILL a state-recognized entity that also has not liquidated itself.

    And so, the EP-Elpidophoros designed “unification council” has resulted in two schismatic structures becoming three, rather than one.

    Elpidophoros’ record thus far:

    – Halki: Seminary is still closed.

    – Bursa: He and the EP purchased two Church ruins. TNH reported that these churches are “NOW operational”, renovated, staffed and serving Elpidophoros’ Bursan flock. In reality, the churches are still ruins and NOT operational.

    – Ukraine: Failure of the unification of the two schismatic bodies, with the two now become three. No Local Churches recognize EP-Elpidophoros project as canonical. The Church worldwide is threatened with a schism as could be as harmful as the Great Schism of 1054.

    Elpidophoros has a record of 0 – 3 coming to America.

  2. “Patriarch” Filaret of the so-called Kyiv Patriarchate and one-time co-conspirator with Elpidophoros and the EP:

    “We were tricked. We were granted the Tomos on autocephaly, but we were enticed because in fact the Tomos enshrines dependence of the Ukrainian church on the Patriarchate of Constantinople. At the Council on December 15, we were not shown the contents of the Tomos. If I had known the contents, which were found out only on January 6, 2019, we would have refused. Tomos misled us. It split the Kiev Patriarchate into parts. This Tomos did not so much good as harm.”

    What tricks does the new archbishop have in store for GOA?

  3. A few days ago, in remarks directed against Moscow, the EP said the “Phanar is always a source of light and hope that doesn’t go out, neither with winds that once blew from the east and west nor with the icy winds blowing from the steppes of the north.”

    First of all, it is the Lord Jesus Christ who is the source of light (John 8:12) and the hope (Romans 5:5) that is never disappointed.

    Who is this man who claims the words that from Gospels that describe our Lord for himself? Who is this man who pretends to the throne of the Lord Jesus Christ? And now the EP’s chief apostle is coming to lead in America?

    Secondly, it is profoundly disturbing that the EP would describe his opposition as “winds” just before the Feast of Pentecost when we remember the Holy Spirit coming to the Apostles like a “mighty wind”:

    “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)

    Whatever has possessed the EP and his right-hand should rightly fear the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Lord’s Church.

    May we this Pentecost with “one accord” together repudiate those whom would seek to divide the Church.

    Chronia Polla! S’pradznikom! Happy feast day of the Pentecost!

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